Spring Honey Harvest

Our first honey harvest of the year. We harvest from both a top bar hive and two Langsthroth hives. We got about 6 gallons of honey plus some honey comb.

On Monday, Gabriel woke up and said, “Today is the day to check the bee hives.” We’ve had so much rain that there really hasn’t been a good time to get into the hives to check them. 

So, I did what any good mom would do, I put on a long sleeve shirt, long pants and a veil and grabbed my camera to take pictures. Phoebe had a friend visiting and I encouraged her to but on a bee suit and be Gabriel’s assistant. Our first honey harvest of the year. We harvest from both a top bar hive and two Langsthroth hives. We got about 6 gallons of honey plus some honey comb.

Our first honey harvest of the year. We harvest from both a top bar hive and two Langsthroth hives. We got about 6 gallons of honey plus some honey comb.

Our first honey harvest of the year. We harvest from both a top bar hive and two Langsthroth hives. We got about 6 gallons of honey plus some honey comb.

Our first honey harvest of the year. We harvest from both a top bar hive and two Langsthroth hives. We got about 6 gallons of honey plus some honey comb.

Our first honey harvest of the year. We harvest from both a top bar hive and two Langsthroth hives. We got about 6 gallons of honey plus some honey comb.

Our first honey harvest of the year. We harvest from both a top bar hive and two Langsthroth hives. We got about 6 gallons of honey plus some honey comb. Gabriel first harvested from the top bar hive. A good friend made this hive for Gabriel when he first started beekeeping. It’s a wonderful hive. You can’t expand it so you have to harvest more often to give the bees room to grow.  Gabriel leaves a good two inches of comb on the bar for the bees to attach the new comb to. The dark part is old comb. 

Our first honey harvest of the year. We harvest from both a top bar hive and two Langsthroth hives. We got about 6 gallons of honey plus some honey comb. If you look, you can see the bees coming home full of pollen on their legs.  That is what the orange stuff is on the bee to the far right. Our first honey harvest of the year. We harvest from both a top bar hive and two Langsthroth hives. We got about 6 gallons of honey plus some honey comb.

Our first honey harvest of the year. We harvest from both a top bar hive and two Langsthroth hives. We got about 6 gallons of honey plus some honey comb.

Our first honey harvest of the year. We harvest from both a top bar hive and two Langsthroth hives. We got about 6 gallons of honey plus some honey comb.

Our first honey harvest of the year. We harvest from both a top bar hive and two Langsthroth hives. We got about 6 gallons of honey plus some honey comb.

Our first honey harvest of the year. We harvest from both a top bar hive and two Langsthroth hives. We got about 6 gallons of honey plus some honey comb. The Langsthroth hives are different in that you can expand them but putting supers on them. Gabriel likes to keep his hives smaller so he doesn’t do a lot of expanding. I’m not sure exactly why but I think because we’ve had such a hard time with the drought – although that cycle seems to have broken. 

He moved some frames from two supers to harvest. While he had them open he removed the burr comb which is just comb that the bees are building outside of the frames. It’s really pretty and white, I will probably buy it from him to use in lip balms. 

He also gave our friend a bee lesson pointing out where they store pollen, the difference between drones and workers and what the different cells look like. Homeschooling at it’s best. 

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Our first honey harvest of the year. We harvest from both a top bar hive and two Langsthroth hives. We got about 6 gallons of honey plus some honey comb. Gabriel moved the supers out of the beeyard and to our picnic table where he inspected each frame to see if it was full enough to harvest. Our first honey harvest of the year. We harvest from both a top bar hive and two Langsthroth hives. We got about 6 gallons of honey plus some honey comb.

Our first honey harvest of the year. We harvest from both a top bar hive and two Langsthroth hives. We got about 6 gallons of honey plus some honey comb. Then he brought those frames inside to harvest. For the top bar comb, he cuts it up and bags it. Carl takes it to work and his co-workers buy it. Since we only have a two frame extractor the langsthroth frames took a while – like all day. But Gabriel enjoys the work and even though many of us offered our assistance in uncapping the comb, he declined the help. 

Our first honey harvest of the year. We harvest from both a top bar hive and two Langsthroth hives. We got about 6 gallons of honey plus some honey comb. If you are just starting with beekeeping or wanting to learn more, you will want to read this article about common mistakes to avoid.   Our other bee updates are here

If you are looking for beeswax we have some for sale in our Etsy shop

Here are some beekeeping item that we use…

How are the bees in your neck of the woods? 

 

 

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Comments

  1. Fee Roberts says

    What a wonderful post! I love seeing the process. I knew honey came from bees, but I never really thought about the process. It looks so good. It’s hard these days to know if you’re purchasing real honey. A lot of times it’s honey flavored corn syrup. I can appreciate the hard work that you put into the process now that I have seen it. Thanks again :)

    • Angi Schneider says

      I’m glad you enjoyed seeing it. Maybe you can find a local beekeeper to buy your honey from. Try calling your county extention agent (most US counties have one).

  2. Jane says

    We used to keep bees. The only time I ever got stung was when I was pregnant. Fresh honey is wonderful in and on everything. Try it on vanilla ice cream or yogurt with a sprinkling of sunflower seeds on top. Yummy! Now I buy it at our local farmers market. Towns around us are changing local ordinances and are allowing homes to have 2 hives in their yards. I may try it again. Take Care!

    • Angi Schneider says

      I’ve been stung twice but it’s really because I don’t suit up properly when I go take pictures. That is really cool that your town is becoming more bee friendly. If you decide to keep bees again, I’d love to hear about it.

  3. says

    I think my husband might revolt if I mentioned I wanted to add honey bees to my hobby farm someday… the process you documented looks very fascinating! I would love fresh honey from my own bees!

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